WMVY Valentine’s Party Rocks Tennis Hall of Fame

Valentine's Day Eve was a chilly, jazzy, rocking night at Newport's Tennis Hall of Fame. Hanging lights and echoing music energized the dark, snowy courtyard entrance as guests passed through the upstairs museum and into the 2nd annual  WMVY Radio Valentine’s Party, an event hosted to benefit the non-profit arm of the station, “Friends of WMVY,” an adult progressive rock station based on Martha’s Vineyard.

The major WMVY DJ’s and personalities were in attendance, including P.J. Finn and Barbara Dacey.


Rick Hall, Ray Whitaker (host of "Just Four Guys"), Laurel Redington (DJ), Marianna Cibulasova, Greg Martino (DJ)

The night started out with a silent auction, open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and food stations offering clam chowder, shrimp scampi, pork tenderloin, and a sumptuous mousse dessert station. Many of the auction items were very unique and exciting, such as a “Happy Birthday” singing phone call from Carly Simon, a chance to be a DJ-for-an-hour at the radio station, Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard weekend getaways, and tickets to local concerts and events.


Jason Spooner, lead singer

The highlight of the event had to be the two musical acts booked by WMVY: Catherine Russell, and the Jason Spooner Band. Russell took the stage at 8 p.m. and wowed the audience with her sultry, complex vocals and story-telling style. The venue was intimate and atmospheric, with a small stage and draped, candlelit tables to help set the Valentine’s mood. Jason Spooner and his three band members (normally two) followed Russell’s set with their blend of soulful vocals, nimble lyrics, and up-tempo rock beats that had partygoers on their feet and dancing well into the night. A groovy cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” generated enough boogieing to perhaps affirm Spooner’s praise of the song as the “greatest disco song ever.”

It was an invigorating yet refreshingly low-key night, made exceptional by great artists, creatively cool auction items, delicious appetizers, and some really vivid personalities.
                                                                                               --Amanda Grosvenor


Dennis Williams, Alison Foster & Ellen Winsor

Catherine Russell

Phyllis Faragola & daughter Liz Doucette

 Mimi Carrellas, Tom Eberhardt & Judy Allpress

 Erica Soares & Kim Brilhante

Allan Graham, Hillary Leonard &
Debra Skaradzinski

Jason Spooner lead singer, Kerstin Zettmar &
Reed Chambers, drummer

Dolores Bauer, John & Sheryl Callaghan

Catherine Russell performing

Bill Murray & Alden Tucker

WMVY radio personalities PJ Finn & Barbara Dacey

Janice Perrin & DJ Jane Loutzenhiser

The silent auction items

Perusing auction items

Daniel Burns & Stacie Mills

PJ Finn, Julie Wagner , Elizabeth Gallagher,
Daniel Burns

 The Jason Spooner band in action

Jane Loutzenhiser , dressed for the occasion

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